Waimea’s historical cowboy roots inspire a rustic kind of charm, the Islands’ own Western-Hawaiian version of Aspen and Sonoma chic. There are art galleries, boutiques, wonderful little cafes, paniolo-inspired collections, as well as some of the most beautiful homes and neighborhoods in Hawai‘i. Parker Ranch Center, in the heart of Waimea, offers a mix of… Continue »
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Year-round hunting safaris are an adrenaline rush at Parker Ranch. We’re not talking about hunting rabbits. Wild Vancouver bulls with 35-inch horns lurk in the ranch’s remote rainforests, waiting for a challenge. Polynesian boars flourish in rolling grasslands and dense forests, while Spanish goats roam in rugged terrain. Billies and Axis bucks carry up to… Continue »
The Kahilu Theatre is one of Waimea’s cultural gems. Though it was founded in 1981 by the late Richard Smart (then-owner of Parker Ranch), it’s a theater quite set apart from the community’s cowboy tradition. Smart, who left Hawai‘i to pursue a career in singing, acting and dancing, performed on Broadway for 30 years before… Continue »
The Isaacs Art Center is a good place to get out of the sun and get a feel for authentic Hawaiiana. The gallery is affiliated with the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, a boarding and day school that was established in 1949. Isaacs Art Center contains a large permanent collection of paintings, furniture, rare books and Hawaiiana…. Continue »
Parker Ranch is a working cattle spread that rolls over 150,000 acres of scenic upcountry terrain. It is the home of the first Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys) and the racetrack where record-holding thoroughbreds were trained. The long and colorful history of the ranch can be traced to 1809, when John Palmer Parker, a sailor from Massachusetts,… Continue »
Parker Ranch rolls over 150,000 acres of scenic upcountry terrain. It is the home of the first Hawaiian paniola (cowboys), a racetrack where record-setting thoroughbreds were trained and a still-functioning cattle ranch. It’s colorful history can be traced to 1809, when Massachusetts sailor John Palmer Parker landed in Hawaii, befriended King Kamehameha I and eventually… Continue »